I recently made a bag using the leg that I'd cut off an old pair of jeans, and as I'd got the other leg, thought I'd put it to good use and make another bag. I added these purple batiks that had been in my stash for ages, and added these super lime green handles to liven it up a little bit (as my friend Lesley says, "Limes with everything...even G&T" haha!!) and some stunning variegated King Tut quilting thread. It didn't take me long to get the outer part of the bag constructed, and I used a DMC embroidery thread to stitch the handles into place...
...I made a centre panel with 2 pockets (a small lined pocket with a zipper and a deeper slip pocket) using a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman, and adapted the size of the pattern to fit this bag. The top edge has been finished with a neat double-fold batik binding that has been slip-stitched by hand to the inside of the bag...
...and here's the finished tote bag - I really like these longer length handles, as the bag can be worn over your shoulder. This is a great way to use up old clothing. Tweed mens trousers would also work well - and I've been eyeing up a pair of Mr F's moleskin trousers - I think they'd make a fabulous bag!!
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